Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Lehigh Valley,
1:05 p.m.
Latos (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Vasquez (3-0, 2.73)
Harrisburg Won, 8-5 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Fedde (1-1, 6.35) vs.
Molina (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Long (6-6, 4.47)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Lexington,
1:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-9, 4.80) and
Guilbeau (2-2, 4.12) vs.
Puckett (0-2, 3.49) and
Watson (2-10, 8.11)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Suarez (5-2, 3.27)


Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 5
• Voth 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K
• DeFratus (W, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Grace (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Soto 2-2, BB, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Bostick 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Jason Martinson homered in the bottom of the 8th to end the see-saw battle of the bullpens, with Syracuse proving to less inept for a 6-5 win. It was 2-2 after six innings with Austin Voth spinning a quality start of two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven. The “W” was credited to Justin DeFratus despite giving up three runs on two home runs in the 7th and 8th innings. Matt Grace worked around a walk in the 9th to earn his first save for the Chiefs. Neftali Soto reached base three times with two singles and a walk to lead the eight-hit, five-walk offense. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole, C Pedro Severino optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Richmond 5
• Mayberry 4IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Self (W, 4-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Lee (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Bautista 3-5, R, 2RBI, SB(45)
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Stevenson 2-5, 2R, RBI

The Senators got three-spots twice in the middle innings to rally from a 5-2 deficit and end a five-game losing streak with an 8-5 win. Whit Mayberry was sent down I-95 from Woodbridge to make the spot start and was lit up for all five Richmond runs on five hits and two walks. Derek Self (3IP) and Nick Lee (2IP) combined for five scoreless innings despite six walks for the win and save respectively. Rafael Bautista swiped his 45th base while going 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI while Drew Ward singled, doubled, and walked in five PA’s to lead the Harrisburg attack. Roster moves: RHP Whit Mayberry reassigned from Potomac.

Frederick 7 Potomac 6
• Whiting 5⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 2HR, WP
• Orlan (BS, 5; L, 5-5) ⅔ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Thomas 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Schrock 3-5, R
• Davidson 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Robles 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Potomac’s tailspin continued with a seventh straight loss, 7-6, which dropped the team into second place and sliced the lead over third-place Frederick to just 4½ games. Boone Whiting allowed three runs on four hits, including two home runs over five and a 1/3rd innings. He walked one and struck out two. R.C. Orlan blew his fifth save in 14 chances, with a little “help” from Justin Thomas, who let in all three runners he inherited from Orlan in the Frederick’s three-run 8th inning that snapped a 4-4 tie. Max “For Those About To” Schrock singled three times while Austin Davidson and Victor both walked twice to pace the Potomac offense, which scored single runs in the 8th and 9th innings but did not get the tying run into scoring position in either frame.

Hagerstown vs. Lexington – PPD
The Suns and Legends were washed on Saturday night. They’ll shoot to make it up this afternoon with a doubleheader. Roster moves: RHP Samuel Held promoted from Auburn; RHP Jake Johansen placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hudson Valley 4 Auburn 3
• Mills (L, 3-4) 4IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 4K
• Howard 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Ortiz 2-4, RBI
• Kerian 2-4, R

Auburn lost its ninth straight and saw its tragic number reduced to one with a 4-3 loss to Williamsport. McKenzie Mills lost for the fourth time with three runs charged to him on two hits and five walks over four innings. The Doubledays collected ten hits, with Andres Martinez, Oliver Ortiz, and David Kerian each having two hits, but just two came in 12 chances with RISP.

GCL Update
With a 5-1 mark, the G-Nats are now one game behind the G-Cards with a chance to tie with a win today. As noted in the comments, 17-y.o. Juan Soto is living up to the hype, batting .345 (second-best in the GCL) with 77 total bases (third-best) in 39 games. 24th Rd. pick Joseph Waltrip is leading the team in appearances with 15 and has a 2-1 record with four saves.

DSL Update
The D-Nats enter their final week of play with pair of games against D-Cards, D-Angels, and the D-Braves. Nineteen-y.o. Angel Guillen leads the age-appropriate pitchers with a 4-1, 1.67/2.52/0.94 mark while Jose Cabello, also 19, is leading the hitters with a .279/ .390/.339 line.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 3-2
vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (7-7, 3.49) vs.
Buchanan (8-8, 4.05)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Crick (3-10, 4.99)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Whiting (9-3, 3.64) vs.
Keller (0-1, 1.76)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-9, 4.80) vs.
Watson (2-10, 8.11)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (3-3, 3.69) vs.
Romero (1-1, 2.51)


Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 3 – GAME ONE
• Hill (L, 6-11) 6IP, 11H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Burnett 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 1-3, R, HR (10), RBI

The Chiefs homered twice in the 7th but still came up one run short for 4-3 loss to the IronPigs. Taylor Hill scattered 11 hits without giving up a longball but let in three runs over six innings with one walk and one whiff as he lost for the 11th time this season. Re-acquired Sean Burnett (details) gave up a run in the 7th, which proved to the difference when Matt Skole hit his 21st HR (solo) and Jason Martinson hit #10 (two-run), which were just the fourth and fifth hits total for Syracuse.

Lehigh Valley 3 Syracuse 2 (8 inn.) – GAME TWO
• Espino 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Martin (L, 2-4) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1R, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Collier 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Soto 1-3, 2B

In the nightcap, Rafael Martin loaded the bases with a single and two walks in the 8th, then coughed up the go-ahead run with a sac fly. Lehigh Valley did its best to return the favor with a walk (Michael Taylor), hit by pitch (Matt Skole), and a sacrifice (Caleb Ramsey) to put the tying and winning runs into scoring position but Jason Martinson and Jhonatan Solano both struck out, giving the IronPigs a 3-2 win and a doubleheader sweep. Paolo Espino turned in a quality start of two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six. Zach Collier and Neftali Soto both doubled as the Chiefs managed just five hits total again.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 2
• Valdez (L, 4-4) 8IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Norfork 2-4

Phillips Valdez walked just one and hurled his first complete game without rain… but he went eight innings, not nine, as Harrisburg fell to Richmond, 3-2. Valdez allowed six hits and struck out four while losing for the fourth time at AA. Kevin Keyes (single, homer) and Khayyan Norfork (two singles) both went 2-for-4 as the Senators collected nine hits total, with just one in six RISP chances. Roster moves: RHPs Michael Brady and Mitch Lively reassigned from Syracuse.

Frederick 6 Potomac 4
• Martin (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 6BB, 4K, HBP
• Mendez 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Schrock 2-4, R, RBI
• Keller 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The J.D. Martin experiment didn’t stop another spin ’round the drain as the P-Nats dropped their sixth straight with a 6-4 loss to the Keys. Martin walked six, hit a batter, and gave up four sharp hits and several LONG foul balls over five frustrating innings to take the loss. Mario Sanchez finished the game with two runs allowed on four hits over four innings. Max “For Those About To” Schrock and Alec Keller combined to go 4-for-8 with two runs, a HR (Keller), and three RBI but the clutch hit eluded Potomac with a 1-for-9 mark with RISP.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 1
• Reyes 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Rivera (W, 4-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Walby (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, 2SB
• Wiseman 2-5, R, 2RBI, 2SB
• Sagdal 2-5, R, 2B

Hagerstown broke a 1-1 tie with three in the 8th as they took the series opener from Lexington, 4-1. Luis Reyes let in an unearned run on three hits and two walks over five innings for a no-decision. Mariano Rivera III was perfect for three innings with three K’s to earn the win while Philip Walby was perfect for one inning with one K to earn the save. Kelvin Gutierrez, Rhett Wiseman, and Ian Sagdal each had two hits to lead the nine-hit parade, though the Suns batters fanned 13 times.

Hudson Valley 2 Auburn 1
• Acevedo 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K
• Serrata (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Johnson 2-4, RBI
• Barrera 2-3

The Renegades, who had it made, retrieved their bounty with a 2-1 win over the Doubledays to complete the three-game sweep. Carlos Acevedo went the first four innings with one run allowed on four hits and three walks while fanning two. Brayan Serrata took the loss, his first, with the decisive run let in on a groundout after a one-out triple. Dan Johnson drove in the sole Auburn run while going 2-for-4 while Tres Barrera also singled twice to pace the Doubledays’ offense. Roster moves: LHP David “Mi hermano es Wilson” Ramos activated from the 60-Day DL.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1
(12 inn.)
vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:05 p.m.
Hill (6-10, 4.63) and
Espino (7-10, 3.55) vs.
Russell (3-5, 3.79) and
Klein (2-1, 1.64)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-7 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (4-3, 5.81) vs.
Gage (7-7, 3.86)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
J. Martin (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Romero (5-4, 6.06)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2;
Lost, 6-2
@ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (1st start
at Low-A in ’16) vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 7-2 @ Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Acevedo (2-3, 3.06) vs.
Navas (3-2, 1.81)


Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 1 (12 inn.)
• Brady 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Grace 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Davis (W, 7-4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• den Dekker 2-4, BB
• Ramsey 2-5, R, 2B

Syracuse tied it in the 8th and walked off in the 12th for 2-1 victory over Lehigh Valley. Michael Brady made his I.L. debut with one run let in on four hits and no walks while striking out eight over seven innings. The win went to Erik Davis who rebounded from retiring nobody on Wednesday to striking out the side in the 12th. Matt den Dekker walked once and singled twice while Caleb Ramsey singled, doubled, and scored a run to pace the Chiefs seven-hit, seven-walk offense, which was 2-for-14 with RISP and left on 13 baserunners. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole recalled from Washington; OF Brian Goodwin optioned from Washington; RHP Michael Brady reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP Mitch Lively assigned from Washington.

Erie 8 Harrisburg 7
• Simms (L, 7-5) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Bautista 2-4, R, BB, HR, RBI, SB, OF assist at 2B
• Marmolejos 2-5, R
• Kieboom 2-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI

The Seawolves completed the three-game sweep with an 8-7 triumph over the Senators. John Simms stepped in for Mike Brady and tossed four scoreless before the running aground in the 5th as Erie put up a five spot. He lost for the fifth time with five runs allowed on six hits and no walks while fanning four over four and 2/3rds innings. Harrisburg rallied for three late but couldn’t push across the equalizer, leaving the tying runner on at third in the 8th, and at second in the 9th. Rafael Bautista walked, singled, homered, scored a run, stole a base, threw out a runner at second, took out the trash, walked the dog, called his mother to lead the Sens’ attack while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos pushed his modest hit streak to five games with another two singles.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 2
• Williams (L, 4-4) 5+ IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 1K, BK
• Mendez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Schrock 1-3, 2R, BB
• Read 1-3, BB

Wilmington sent Potomac packing with its fifth straight loss by a 3-2 count. Austen Williams took the loss with all three Blue Rocks runs charged to him on seven hits and four walks over five-plus innings. Max “For Those About To” Schrock scored both P-Nats runs while taking a walk and singling, as did Raudy Read. But the rest of the lineup went 3-for-28 with two walks and stranded nine baserunners, including the tying run and the go-ahead run in the 9th.

Hagerstown 4 Rome 2 – GAME ONE
• Baez 4⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4
• Peterson (W, 4-1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Lora 2-3, 2R, 2B, SB
• Sagdal 2-3, R, 2B
• Encarnacion 2-3, 2B, CS

Hagerstown scored twice in the 7th to take the opener from Rome, 4-2. Tommy Peterson was the winner in relief, stranding an inherited runner in the 5th as he retired eight of nine batters faced down the stretch. Joan Baez started and gave up both Braves runs on six hits and two walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Edwin Lora, Ian Sagdal, and Randy Encarnacion each went 2-for-3 with a double as the Suns collected 11 hits total.

Rome 6 Hagerstown 2 – GAME TWO
• Bourque (L, 4-6) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K, 2WP, HBP
• Encarnacion 1-3, R, BB
• Sagdal 2-4, RBI

In the nightcap, the Braves scored in every inning but the 1st as they eclipsed the Suns, 6-2 and split the doubleheader. James Bourque took the loss and the brunt of the beating with five runs allowed on eight hit and three walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Randy Encarnacion singled, walked, and scored once while Ian Sagdal singled twice and drove in a run to highlight the Hagerstown offense.

Hudson Valley 7 Auburn 2
• Ramirez 5IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Harmening (L, 0-1) 1IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Martinez 4-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Banks 1-3

It was a bad Happy Hour in Hudson Valley – lots of singles (23), lots of strikeouts (19) – as the Renegades splashed a drink in the face of Auburn, 7-2. Yonathan Ramirez did his part at the start with five innings of one-run ball as he scattered eight hits and a walk and struck out three, but left with the game tied, 1-1. Russell Harmening was the losing pitcher with two runs allowed on four hits in the 6th, as the Doubledays ‘pen was lit up for six runs in the final three frames. Andres Martinez homered in the 9th to fall a triple shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored to pace the Doubledays offense.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (8-8, 4.26) vs.
Pivetta (0-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Brady (3-6, 3.34) vs.
Turley (5-8, 4.06)
Potomac Lost, 1-0 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Williams (4-3, 4.05) vs.
Ray (6-6, 5.31)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Rome,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
Sanchez (6-9, 5.20) and
Caicedo (2-5, 5.13)
Auburn Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
@ Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (3-2, 4.38) vs.
TBD


Toledo 4 Syracuse 3
• Giolito 7IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 10K
• DeFratus (H, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Davis (BS, 4) 2BF, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Skole 1-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Lobaton 3-4, R, RBI

Lucas Giolito was brilliant for seven innings, the Chiefs ‘pen was anything but as they coughed up three runs in the 9th to lose to the Mud Hens, 4-3. The top Nats prospect fanned ten without issuing a walk while giving up a run on seven hits and was ahead 3-1 when the offense scored twice in the top of the 8th. In the 9th, Justin DeFratus took the loss when he gave up three singles in the space of four batters and Erik Davis blew the save by giving up two singles to the two batters he faced. Jose Lobaton led the Syracuse offense with a 3-for-4 night, but no other batter reached base twice as the Chiefs drew no walks and struck out 10 times. Roster moves: RHP Koda Glover recalled to Washington; RHP Justin DeFratus reassigned from Harrisburg.

Erie 4 Harrisburg 2
• Blackmar (L, 3-3) 8IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Runion 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Pleffner 2-4
• Marmolejos 2-4

Harrisburg outhit Erie, 8-5 but the Seawolves outscored the Senators, 4-2. Mark Blackmar took the loss as he gave up all four Erie runs on four hits (including a homer) and two walks over eight innings. He walked two and struck out three but lost for this third time at AA. Shawn Pleffner celebrated his 27th birthday with a two-hit night while as he, Jose “Orange” Marmolejos, and Nick Rickles all went 2-for-4 to combine for six of the eight singles Harrisburg registered.

Wilmington 1 Potomac 0
• Crownover 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mayberry (L, 3-4) 2+ IP, 3H, R, ER, IBB, 4K
• Schrock 2-4, 2B
• Mejia 1-4, 3B

The P-Nats dropped their fourth straight with a 1-0 walkoff loss to the Blue Rocks, shaving their lead over Lynchburg to just 1½ games. Matt Crownover and Zach Lovvorn opened a donut shop on the Frawley Stadium scoreboard, as the two starting pitchers pitched shutouts for six and seven innings respectively. Wilmington pushed across the lone run in the 9th after two singles and an intentional walk by reliever Whit Mayberry loaded bases and Elier Hernandez did not strike out, pop out, or hit the grounder Potomac needed for a chance to go to the 10th. Max “For Those About To” Schrock singled and doubled while Bryan Mejia tripled to account for three of the five hits and six of the eight total bases the P-Nats collected.

Rome vs. Hagerstown – PPD
Wet grounds forced the postponement of Wednesday night’s game between Hagerstown and Rome. They’ll try to make it up today with a twi-night doubleheader.

Hudson Valley 4 Auburn 3 (10 inn.)
• Bogucki 4IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Held (L, 1-2) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K, WP
• Ortiz 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Perkins 0-2, 2BB, CS

The Doubledays took advantage of seven walks to score three times on just three hits with no stolen bases. The Renegades took advantage of four errors and a wild-pitch walkoff to win 10 innings, 4-3. Auburn starter A.J. Bogucki went the first four innings with two unearned runs let in on a hit and a walk while striking out two. The loss went to Samuel Held in his third inning of work after a leadoff double, a bunt single, and a wild pitch plated the gamewinner with one out in the 10th. Oliver Ortiz singled and doubled and drove in a run while Blake Perkins, Dalton Dulin, and Clayton Brandt each drew two walks to lead the Auburn offense.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-2, 3.38) vs.
Roach (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 13-4 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Blackmar (3-2, 4.06) vs.
Alexander (0-1, 6.52)
Potomac Lost, 7-5 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (3-4, 5.16) vs.
Lovvorn (2-14, 3.92)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-1 @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Sanchez (6-9, 5.20)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK @ Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Toledo 4 Syracuse 3
• Latos 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 3K, WP
• Laffey (L, 5-6) 3IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Collier 2-4, OF assist at 2B

The Chiefs’ defense faltered in the 6th as a leadoff error led to three unearned runs that proved to be the difference in a 4-3 loss to the Mud Hens. Mat Latos walked four in five innings but minimized the damage with two double plays as he allowed one run on three hits. The loss went to Aaron Laffey who gave up the aforementioned unearned runs on three hits over three innings. Matt Skole went deep again with HR #20 and moved up to 4th place in the I.L. race as he drove in two runs to bring Syracuse within one in the 8th inning. Zach Collier led the non-MLBers with two singles in four trips to the plate.

Erie 13 Harrisburg 4
• Fedde (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• A. Sanchez 3-3, R, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos 3-5, 2B, 2RBI

Erick Fedde’s second AA start was not quite quality as Erie laid into him for seven runs in a 13-4 demolition of Harrisburg. Fedde gave up nine hits and two walks and fanned just two over four and a 1/3rd innings. Neither Derek Self nor Nick Lee were any more effective as the Seawolves piled on six more against the Sens ‘pen. Adrian Sanchez reached base four times in four PA’s with three singles and a walk while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled twice, doubled once, and drove in two to pace the Harrisburg offense.

Wilmington 7 Potomac 5
• Bacus 4IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Holland (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Davidson 3-4, 2RBI
• Page 2-4, R, RBI
• Keller 1-3, R, BB

The Blue Rocks’ Mike Hill was the king of twice as he hit a pair of two-run HRs against the P-Nats’ first two pitchers in a 7-5 Wilmington win over Potomac. Dakota Bacus labored through four innings and let in four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out two for a no-decision. The loss went to Neil Holland with three runs allowed on four hits over an inning and 2/3rds. Austin Davidson singled three times and drove in two while Matt Page singled twice and drove in one to lead the Woodbridge nine’s 11-hit parade.

Rome 4 Hagerstown 1
• Guilbeau (L, 2-2) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Borne 2IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2K
• Wiseman 0-1, SF, RBI, 2BB

Rome’s Patrick Weigel dominated the Hagerstown offense with seven scoreless innings in a 4-1 Braves’ win over the Suns. Hagerstown jumped on MLB rehabber Arodys Vizcaino for a run in the 1st on two hits, with Rhett Wiseman plating Randy Encarnacion on a sacrifice fly. After that, Weigel struck out nine while issuing two walks (both to Wiseman) and giving up just three hits to earn the win. Suns starter Taylor Guilbeau pitched well enough to win with three runs allowed on seven hits and no walks over six innings but took the loss, his second.

Auburn – ALL STAR BREAK
• Banks 1-3
• Watson 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K

Two of the three Doubledays’ representatives got into the New York-Penn League All-Star game, which was won by the South, 9-5. Nick Banks came off the bench and went 1-for-3 as the second centerfielder for the North while Tyler Watson struck out the side but gave up a run in his lone inning of work.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2;
Won, 11-3
@ Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (6-7, 3.59) vs.
C. Ramos (0-1, 7.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 5-3 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Whiting (9-2, 3.14) vs.
Tenuta (5-8, 5.56)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Postponed ALL-STAR BREAK N/A


Columbus 5 Syracuse 2 – GAME ONE
• Hill (L, 6-10) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Soto 3-3, R
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

The Chiefs led 2-0 early, but the Clippers sailed past them with a three-spot in the 3rd then added two more in the 4th for 5-2 win in the opener. Taylor Hill took one for the team as he went the distance with all five runs let in on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five while losing his tenth game for the second straight season. Neftali Soto singled three times in three trips to the plate while Matt Skole had a “true outcome” game with a walk, a strikeout, and a homer.

Syracuse 11 Columbus 3 – GAME TWO
• Espino (W, 7-10) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 3-4, 2R, RBI
• Jeroloman 2-4, R, 2B
• Taylor 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, 4RBI

Syracuse homered three times in a six-run 4th inning to break a 2-2 tie as they cruised to an 11-3 win to split the doubleheader. Paolo Espino won for the seventh time with all three Columbus runs let in on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Rafael Martin mopped up in the 7th with a perfect frame. Matt den Dekker led off the Chiefs’ putaway rally with a solo shot while the “other Matt” (no, not Grace – Skole) connected for his 19th big fly. In between, Michael Taylor dropped a three-run bomb, his first at AAA this season. Steve Lombardozzi led the Syracuse hit column with three, followed by Brian Jeroloman, who singled and doubled in four trips to the plate.

Binghamton 6 Harrisburg 2
• Valdez (L, 4-3) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, 2HR, HBP
• Simms 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Bautista 2-4
• Kieboom 2-3, BB, RBI

Phillips Valdez’s control problems returned as he walked four in four innings in a 6-2 Harrisburg loss to Binghamton. Valdez also coughed up two longballs and four runs total on six hits as he lost his third AA game. John Simms turned in two scoreless innings to keep things close but the B-Mets got to his successors for a run apiece in the 7th and 8th innings to put the game away. Spencer Kieboom reached base three times for a second consecutive game with two singles and a walk while Rafael Bautista singled twice as the Sens were limited to seven hits total.

Frederick 5 Potomac 3
• J. Martin 6IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Pantoja (L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, 2R, 3BB, 0K
• Robles 1-2, R, 2BB, HBP, 2SB (10, 11)
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B, RBI

Knuckler come lately J.D. Martin turned in a quality start but the P-Nats ‘pen faltered again in a 5-3 loss to the Keys. Martin walked four and gave up three hits, including a solo HR in the 4th. Jorge Pantoja couldn’t vulture his 10th relief win of ’16, instead giving up two runs in the 8th for his first Carolina League loss. Victor Robles reached base four times as he singled, walked twice, and… wait for it… got hit by a pitch while Drew Vettleson singled, doubled, and drove in a run to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 8 Asheville 6
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Walby 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sundberg 3-5, R, 2B, SB, OF assist at 2B
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, BB, 2SB, E(20)
• DeBruin 2-2, 3R, 2BB, RBI, SB

Hagerstown nearly blew a seven-run lead but held off Asheville for an 8-6 win to take the series, 3-1. Hector Silvestre got the win in his first Low-A start since 2014 with five innings of one-run ball on four hits and no walks. He struck out three while getting the “W.” The Suns put up big innings three times, with Jack Sundberg going 3-for-5 with two singles and a double while Kelvin Gutierrez walked and singled twice and stole two bases to lead the Suns’ 13-hit parade.

Batavia vs. Auburn – PPD
Yesterday’s doubleheader was postponed due to wet grounds. They’ll have to make it up—if they make it up—when the two teams meet on the final Sunday and Monday of the season.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Columbus,
5:05 p.m.
Espino (6-10, 3.58) and
Hill (6-9, 4.49) vs.
Murata (6-2, 3.74) and
Morimando (4-1, 1.96)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 vs. Binghamton,
1:30 p.m.
Valdez (4-2, 5.57) vs.
Zeid (3-3, 3.98)
Potomac Won, 12-6 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
J. Martin (1st Hi-A start of
’16) vs. Keller (0-1, 1.59)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Kannapolis,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Johnson (6-2, 3.65)
Auburn Tied, 0-0
(suspended)
vs. Batavia,
12:00 p.m.
TBD and Reyes (0-1, 1.13) vs.
TBD and TBD


Syracuse vs. Columbus – PPD
Syracuse didn’t lose on Saturday, thanks to the rain that forced a doubleheader today. Roster move: RHP Reynaldo Lopez recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Binghamton 4
• Mapes (W, 11-8) 6IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Suero (H, 8) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 1-2, 2BB, RBI

The Senators put up four in the 1st, survived a scare in the 6th, and rallied in the 7th and 8th innings to double up the B-Mets, 8-4. Tyler Mapes won for the 11th time with all four Binghamton runs on 10 hits and a walk over six innings. Wander Suero tossed two scoreless and Andrew Robinson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos smacked his first AA longball and went 2-for-3 as did Isaac Ballou, who drove in two and walked twice to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 12 Frederick 6
• Williams (W, 4-3) 6+ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K, HR, WP
• Orlan (H, 7) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Schrock 3-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI, CS
• Keller 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Read 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB

Potomac went double-single-homer-walk-double-triple to open the 9th to turn a 6-5 game into a 12-6 smackdown of Frederick. Austen Williams got the Jack Morris win with five runs allowed on 10 hits and two walks over six-plus innings while fanning one. R.C. Orlan, who let in one of Williams’s runs, earned his seventh hold pitching the rest of the 7th and a scoreless 8th. Max “For Those About To” Schrock and Drew Vettleson both went deep, combining for five RBI while Schrock and Alec Keller led the hit column with three apiece as the P-Nats pounded out 17 hits total on the night.

Hagerstown 3 Asheville 2
• Bourque 4⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Dickey (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Rivera (SV, 8) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sagdal 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• DeBruin 2-3

Ian Sagdal’s two-run HR capped a three-run 6th as Hagerstown took a 2-1 series lead with a 3-2 win over Asheville. James Bourque got the start and was charged with both Tourist runs on six hits and no walks as he set down five on strikes. The 59-minute rain delay ended his night after four and 2/3rds innings. Robbie Dickey got the win as he stranded two while getting the last out of the 5th and pitched two more scoreless innings. The save went to Mariano Rivera III with two more goose eggs. Sagdal and Grant DeBruin both went 2-for-3 to lead the Suns attack.

Batavia 0 Auburn 0
• Dunning 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Dulin 0-0, BB

The score was still 0-0 when the rain halted play after three innings in Auburn. They’ll pick it up today at noon and complete it, followed by a seven-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.

GCL Update
Despite a 3-2 week, the G-Nats have drifted to 3½ games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East. The tragic number is 12 with two and half weeks left to play.

DSL Update
The D-Nats took a tailspin last week with five straight losses before winning yesterday, 3-2 over the D-Brewers. For those obsessed with large sums of money thrown at teenagers, $700K and 17-y.o. Elvis Alvarado was transferred from the DSL Roster to the GCL Roster last Tuesday but has yet to play professionally.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 1-0 @ Columbus,
7:15 p.m.
Espino (6-10, 3.58) vs.
Murata (6-2, 3.74)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (10-8, 3.07) vs.
Lara (6-9, 4.62)
Potomac Lost, 8-7
(13 inn.)
@ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Williams (3-3, 3.74) vs.
Romero (2-0, 4.09)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (4-5, 5.51) vs.
Berke (3-4, 3.59)
Auburn Lost, 4-2 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Dunning (1-1, 3.68) vs.
Lee (0-1, 2.63)


Columbus 1 Syracuse 0
• Giolito (L, 1-2) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Gott 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• den Dekker 1-3, 2B
• Soto, Lozada 1-3

The good news is that Giolito reverted to form and pitched six strong innings. The bad news is that the Chiefs batters didn’t, collecting just four (4) hits in a 1-0 shutout by the Clippers. The 22-y.o. gave up the lone run on a solo shot with two outs, his third and final hit allowed over six innings. He walked one and struck out five in his second AAA loss. Trevor Gott made his fifth straight appearance without an earned run with two perfect frames to finish. Matt den Dekker was the sole Syracuse batter to reach second base with a two-out double in the 7th. Roster move: RHP Mat Latos returned from the GCL, activated from the 7-Day DL.

Binghamton 8 Harrisburg 4
• Brady 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, BK, HR
• Runion (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Stevenson 3-4, 2R, 3B, SB
• Perez 1-3, 2B, BB

Harrisburg coughed up another six runs in a single inning to drop the opener to Binghamton, 7-3. Sam Runion threw in-game BP for those runs with six hits and a walk to “earn” the blown-save-loss. The implosion spoiled six innings by Mike Brady, who gave up one run on six hits with no walks and four whiffs. Andrew Stevenson went 3-for-4 with a triple and a stolen base while Stephen Perez walked and doubled to pace the Sens offense.

Frederick 8 Potomac 7 (13 inn.)
• Crownover 5+ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, 3HR, WP
• Holland 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mendez (L, 2-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Read 5-7, 2R, 2B, 2HR, 3RBI
• Mejia 3-6, 2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 3-6, R, 2B, RBI

Raudy Read’s 9th-inning HR sent this one to extras where the Keys downed the P-Nats, 8-7 in 13 innings. The loss went to Gilberto Mendez as he failed to retire a single batter in the 13th, loading the bases on a single and two walks (one intentional) before giving up another single to send in the 8th Frederick run. Matthew Crownover was dinged for six runs on nine hits, including three homers, over five-plus innings for the no-decision. Read also homered in the 7th and had two singles and a total for a 5-for-7 night to lead the Potomac attack of 19 hits and two walks. Roster moves: OF Victor Robles returned from the GCL, activated from the 7-Day DL; C Matt Reistetter placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP J.D. Martin reassigned from Hagerstown; LHP Matthew Spann released.

Hagerstown 6 Asheville 2
• Baez 4⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Johansen (W, 3-1)3⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Noll 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Sundberg 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Sagdal 2-4, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown put up crooked number in three separate innings to break a six-game losing streak as they tripled up Asheville, 6-2. Joan Baez got the start and was lifted with two outs in the 5th with one run let in on three hits and two walks while striking out five. Jake Johansen got the last out, stranding a runner, and pitched three more scoreless innings to earn his third win. The other Jake (Noll) went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run, and two RBI, followed Jack Sundberg and Ian Sagdal, who both went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre reassigned from Auburn to Potomac, activated from the 7-Day DL, transferred to Hagerstown.

Batavia 4 Auburn 2
• Ramirez (L, 3-2) 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Held 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2K
• Banks 2-3, BB, RBI
• Johnson 2-3, CS

The Doubledays dropped their fifth straight with a 4-2 loss to the Muckdogs. Yonathan Ramirez lost for the second time as he gave up two runs on six hits and no walks over four innings while striking out four. Nick Banks walked once and singled twice and drove in one while Dan Johnson singled twice to lead the Auburn attack.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Columbus,
7:15 p.m.
Giolito (1-1, 4.11) vs.
Merritt (8-7, 3.94)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Brady (3-6, 3.54) vs.
Knapp (1-0, 5.25)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Crownover (3-4, 4.70) vs.
Horacek (5-10, 4.39)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (7-7, 4.42) vs.
Killian (9-4, 4.00)
Auburn Lost, 5-0 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (3-1, 4.36) vs.
Mertz (0-1, 4.15)


Rochester 5 Syracuse 3
• Cole (L, 8-8) 7⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 10K
• Espino ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP, 1-0 IR-S
• Soto 2-4, R, 2-2B
• den Dekker 2-4, 3RBI

A.J. Cole struck out a season-high of ten but took the loss as the Syracuse ‘pen gave up three runs late in a 5-3 loss to Rochester. The 24-y.o. longtime prospect pitched into the 8th for the second time this season and was charged with three runs on seven hits. He walked none but saw his won-loss record fall to 8-8. Matt Grace let in the decisive (inherited) run in the 8th and then two more in the 9th. Neftali Soto doubled twice while Matt den Dekker singled twice and drove in three, including the third and final Chiefs’ run in the 9th as the offense collected 11 hits but no walks.

Altoona 8 Harrisburg 4
• Blackmar (L, 3-2) 6IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, 5BB, 0K, 0HR
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-5, R, 2B
• Kieboom 1-2, BB, SF, RBI

A six-run 2nd by the Curve put this game away as the Senators were doubled up, 8-4. Mark Blackmar let in all eight Altoona runs on seven hits and five walks. He struck out as many you did last night while losing his second game. Derek Self and Wander Suero both turned in a scoreless inning in relief. Rafael Bautista singled, doubled, and scored a run while Spencer Kieboom singled, walked, and hit a sacrifice fly to lead the Harrisburg offense, which had seven hits total and whiffed 11 times.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2
• Mayberry (L, 3-3) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Orlan 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Abreu 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Keller 2-4, BB

SSDT on Thursday night as the wheels came off the Potomac bus in the 7th to lose the game, 3-2, and the series, 2-1 to Lynchburg. Starter Whit Mayberry was perfect through four and 2/3rds until a Texas Leaguer dropped in front Dale Carey. Lynchburg scored three times in the 7th as three straight one-out hits led to one run, a wild pitch sandwiched between two walks (one intentional, the other abominable) led to another, and a sacrifice fly plated what proved to be the gamewinner. The P-Nats rallied with two outs in the 9th to get tying and winning runs on, but Osvaldo Abreu didn’t have a third double in him as he grounded out to third to end it.

Asheville 4 Hagerstown 2
• Rodriguez (L, 7-9) 7IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Borne 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Sagdal 3-4, R, 2B
• Reetz 2-4, 2B

The Suns’ circling the drain took a sixth spin with another 4-2 loss, this one to the Tourists in the series opener. Jefry Rodriguez turned in seven innings for the second time this season, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. He struck out three but lost for the 9th time. The trio of Rhett Wiseman, Ian Sagdal, and Jakson Reetz combined for six hits, including a homer (Wiseman) and two doubles (Sagdal and Reetz) but the rest of the lineup produced just two hits and three walks.

Connecticut 5 Auburn 0
• W. Davis (L, 2-4) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Harmening 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Panaccione 2-4, 2B
• Brandt 1-3

Connecticut shut out Auburn 5-0 to complete the three-game sweep and hand the Doubledays their fourth straight loss. Weston Davis bore the brunt of the Tigers’ assault, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three as he lost for the fourth time this summer. Russell Harmening tuned in three scoreless innings of relief but the offense did not respond, as they were held to just six hits. Paul Panaccione was the sole Auburn to reach base twice as he went 2-for-4 with a double.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Rochester,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (8-7, 4.30) vs.
Greenwood (3-2, 3.53)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Blackmar (3-1, 2.16) vs.
McRae (4-6, 6.31)
Potomac Won, 6-3 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Mayberry (3-2, 3.52) vs.
Hartson (0-1, 9.64)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-8, 4.95) vs.
Tinoco (2-6, 5.92)
Auburn Lost, 8-4 vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-3, 2.65) vs.
Funkhouser (0-1, 3.13)


Syracuse 6 Rochester 4
• Voth 2⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 2K
• Laffey (W, 5-5) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Skole 3-3, 2R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Taylor 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, SB(10)

Matt Skole’s two-out, two-run HR put the Chiefs up for good at 4-3 as they clipped the RedWings, 6-4. Austin Voth did his best imitation of Phillips Valdez with five walks over two and 2/3rds innings and was scored on in each of the first three innings for a no-decision. Aaron Laffey got the win with three innings of one-run relief. Skole also walked once, scored and singled twice and drove in three altogether followed by Michael Taylor’s 2-for-3 night with a walk, double, stolen base, two to lead the Syracuse offense, which collected ten hits and two walks total. Roster move: LHP Bryan Harper placed on the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 5 Altoona 2
• Fedde (W, 1-0) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Robinson 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Stevenson 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Rickles 2-4, R

Let the drumbeat for Fedde in ’17 begin (as if we can stop the MASN Commenters, who probably to want him to pitch next week) as the 23-y.o. dominated in his debut with seven innings of one-run ball on five hits and two walks in Harrisburg’s 5-2 win over Altoona. The Senators gave him three runs to work with right off the bat of Kevin Keyes, who capped off the rally with his 10th HR. Andrew Stevenson led the Harrisburg column with two singles and double while Keyes, Nick Rickles, and Adrian Sanchez each went 2-for-4.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 3
• Bacus (W, 3-2) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Mendez (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, RBI
• Schrock 2-4, R

The P-Nats scored all six runs in the bottom of the 7th as the Hillcats gave this one away with two critical errors, 6-3. Dakota Bacus got the win with seven strong innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk while fanning five. Gilberto Mendez and Ryan Brinley each put up a goose egg to earn the hold and save, respectively. Alec Keller and Max “For Those About To” Schrock both singled twice to lead the Potomac offense.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2
• Guilbeau 6IP, 8H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Acevedo (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Wiseman 1-4, 2B
• Reetz 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Hagerstown’s slide continues with a 3-2 loss to Kannapolis, completing the Intimidators’ three-game sweep. Taylor Guilbeau did his part with six innings pitched, one run let in eight hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. Carlos Acevedo coughed up the gamewinning runs on three hits in the 8th (and a little “help” from an error) to take the loss. The Suns managed just four hits with Jakson “Anyone See My C?” Reetz (walk, double) and Randy Encarnacion (two walks) the only Hagerstown batters to reach base twice.

Connecticut 8 Auburn 4
• Mills (L, 3-3) 5IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K
• Serrata 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B
• Neuse 1-3, R, BB

The Doubledays scored four in the 4th but them all back with a five-run 5th as the Tigers, um, doubled them up, 8-4. McKenzie Mills was clawed for six runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out three while losing his third game. Dan Johnson singled, doubled, and a scored a run while Sheldon Neuse singled and walked to lead the Auburn attack.